Magdalen Bickford represents business, management, and employers in labor and employment litigation. She also consults employers on best practices in the workplace, provides guidance on policy and procedure drafting and implementation, provides management training and education, and provides other general legal counsel.
Magdalen has litigated, lectured, and counseled extensively in all areas of labor and employment law, with representative topics including labor relations, employment policies, and procedures for employee handbooks; hiring, counseling, and separation of employees; employee discipline; reduction in force; leave; employee growth and development; employee benefits; workers’ compensation; noncompete agreements; privacy issues; compensation plans and strategies; restructuring and downsizing; discrimination; arbitration; Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws; the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and general federal and state legal compliance, as well as general policies and procedures in the workplace. She has successfully appeared in numerous courts and administrative agencies on behalf of management in several states, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and National Labor Relations Board.
Magdalen began her practice representing unions and their employees in labor maters, tort, and workers' compensation claims. In 1996, Magdalen joined The SunShine Pages, a regional independent telephone directory company with headquarters in Louisiana, as Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Counsel. In that capacity, she represented management and created the Human Resources Department for The SunShine Pages, and grew the company from 40 to approximately 300 employees with operations in six states. In addition to managing all aspects of human resources and employment law, Magdalen handled litigation risk management; governmental compliance and lobbying; internal investigations; contractual negotiations and obligations; and regulatory and telecommunication issues before the Federal Communications Commission as well as the Public Service Commissions of Louisiana, Florida, and Texas. In her role as Corporate Counsel, she was also responsible for general litigation.
Magdalen returned to firm practice in 2001, where she continued to focus on management labor relations, employment law, and corporate litigation. She has also represented several non-profit and educational institutions in addition to her corporate clients. She has pioneered in the area of charter school labor relations in her representation of several schools which have been targeted for collective bargaining. She is an aggressive litigator who looks for creative solutions which fit the needs of our clients. Her multifaceted experience makes her adept and effective at advising clients on efficacious solutions for workplace issues.